The beginning of this passage from James 1 is right on time for today. Post this everywhere. 'Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear.' Truth is found in these words. Anger, when we allow it to take the drivers seat, can create havoc and chaos in our lives. Anger allows us to become self-righteous and we easily lose our virtue. Virtue. Virtue is defined as good moral behavior. Philippians 4:8 describes good moral behavior as '...filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.' When we lose our tempers we throw caution to the wind. Our tempers can turn our mouths into something other than any of the good things on this list. We end up spewing the opposite of anything virtuous, including all of the worst parts of ugliness and curses. Listening. Really listening and hearing requires us to stop speaking. COMPLETELY. In order to listen and hear we have to stop speaking and we have to stop thinking about what we're gonna say next. Listening requires us to hear the words. Reflect the words in our minds. Take a moment and feel the way the words are being shared. Reflect on the intent of the words and the perspective of the person speaking the words. Lead with your ears. Look with your eyes. Listen with your heart. We've often heard the phrase "God gave us two eyes, two ears and one mouth for a reason." Our tongue is a powerful tool. It can be used for good and virtuous purposes and misused for angers purposes. When you feel anger rising up in yourself remember to 'stop, look and listen' before you speak. James 1:19 MSG "Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear."